Brainy Stuff: Student Experts


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In a time when we seem to be phasing movement, PE, physical activity and balance out of the learning process in most K-12 schools, ExerLearning strives to change the tide. With teachers so busy the most accessible resource is the students themselves. This slide show provides an easy format for students and teachers to share important information.

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Brainy Stuff: Student Experts

  1. 1. ExerLearning: Brainy Stuff For FootGamers and TEAM e 3 [email_address] TEAM e3 Home Copyright 2008 invenTEAM
  2. 2. ExerLearning: Brainy Stuff Meet the cast of characters
  3. 3. Here’s the pump – what’s his name and what does he do?
  4. 4. Here’s the messenger – have you ever heard of a Neuron?
  5. 5. Here’s the character that “rules in school” – Do you know him?
  6. 6. Starring: Ordinary Kids Brian and Brianna – Kids with Brains
  7. 7. Learning Can Be Fun <ul><li>Brian and Brianna fill their brains at school </li></ul><ul><li>But – here is a tough question…. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Do Brian and Brianna Learn?
  9. 9. How Do We Learn? We bring more than just a brain to school – and to all of life
  10. 10. We all bring a whole body to school– A Brain and MORE
  11. 11. We bring a whole body – and a HEART ready to help us LEARN <ul><li>How can a heart help Brian and Brianna learn? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Healthy Heart – The brain’s BFF <ul><li>How did they become such great friends? </li></ul>
  13. 13. The helps the Brain <ul><li>Active Exercise – gets the heart pumping- </li></ul><ul><li>That increases blood flow to the brain </li></ul><ul><li>It also increases brain chemicals like NEUROTRANSMITTERS </li></ul>
  14. 14. This is a good time to do the “Active Me Activity”
  15. 15. Jump up and down – right now
  16. 16. What part of your body is pushing your breath in and out right now? LUNGS!
  17. 17. Feel your chest. What is pumping very hard? Your Heart
  18. 18. The heart pumps blood to your lungs and all over your body -
  19. 19. Even to your head where your BRAIN can use it
  20. 20. Your brain NEEDS the OXYGEN that the blood delivers
  21. 21. Your brain USES 20% of all the OXYGEN that the blood delivers to your body
  22. 22. The more your exercise -
  23. 23. The more blood your heart pumps all over your body – and to your BRAIN -
  24. 24. Your brain USES 20% of all the OXYGEN that the HEART delivers to your body in the BLOOD OXYGEN
  25. 25. Your brain USES BLOOD to get all sorts of great things accomplished!
  26. 26. Like building more NEURONS
  27. 27. Huh? What’s a NEUROTRANSMITTER? <ul><li>Nancy the Neuron gobbles up oxygen and creates a NEUROTRANSMITTER </li></ul><ul><li>A NEUROTRANSMITTER is like the fastest Internet connection </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Neurotransmitters from the NEURON move information around the brain, from nerve cell to nerve cell </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise – getting the heart pumping- increases how many neurotransmitters our BRAIN has </li></ul>
  29. 29. More NEUROTRANSMITTERs- Now What?
  30. 30. More NEUROTRANSMITTERs- Now What? <ul><li>The benefits come when you finish your great exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Blood flow shifts to the “learning” side of the brain </li></ul><ul><li>The brain gets full of neurotransmitters that get us really READY to learn </li></ul>
  31. 31. Hippos and Brains <ul><li>Hey – Who’s this big brown guy? </li></ul>Memory Trick
  32. 32. It’s a HIPPO <ul><li>Wonder what part of the BRAIN that is? </li></ul>Memory Trick
  33. 33. Memory Trick <ul><li>School – the place you learn … </li></ul><ul><li>It is called a campus </li></ul>
  34. 34. Put those images together <ul><li>Hippo and campus </li></ul>
  35. 35. It’s a HIPPOCAMPUS <ul><li>Now you know what part of the BRAIN that is- </li></ul>Memory Trick
  36. 36. Hippos and Brains <ul><li>Workouts and exergames build better connections between brain cells </li></ul><ul><li>See that HIPPO Footgaming with energy!!! </li></ul>What part of her brain is she helping?
  37. 37. Hippos and Brains <ul><li>Heart-hopping PLAY can increase good learning cells in your hippocampus </li></ul>Exercise BEFORE You Need to Learn
  38. 38. Hippos and Brains <ul><li>The hippocampus is the region of the brain involved in learning and memory. </li></ul>Memory Trick
  39. 39. Feeding Our Brain: A Fact <ul><li>We get hungry </li></ul><ul><li>We want FOOD </li></ul>Our brain gets hungry Our brain wants BDNF
  40. 40. Feeding Your Brain <ul><li>Remember this one: Your BRAIN is hungry for BDNF. </li></ul>B DNF
  41. 41. Another Memory Trick <ul><li>To grow really big and strong, plants need fertilizer – like Miracle Gro </li></ul>
  42. 42. Feeding Brains: Not a Plant <ul><li>B rains D on’t N eed F ertilizer </li></ul><ul><li>They need BDNF </li></ul>Memory Trick
  43. 43. Miracle Gro for the Brain? <ul><li>Active exercise and play helps your brain make </li></ul><ul><li>“ B rain- D erived N eurotrophic  F actor”  </li></ul><ul><li>That is BDNF - a protein that ACTS LIKE Miracle-Gro for YOUR brain.  </li></ul>
  44. 44. How Can We Make BDNF for Our Brain?
  45. 45. How Do Brian and Brianna Learn? <ul><li>What do they need to bring to school – and use – besides a brain? </li></ul>
  46. 46. How Do Brian and Brianna Learn? <ul><li>Why is the heart the brain’s best friend? </li></ul>
  47. 47. What do you think the definition of ExerLearning might be?
  48. 48. Exer Learning …. And FootGaming would like to thank Dr. John Ratey for his research. We learned a lot of this from his book, SPARK It’s a “must read’ for teachers and parents, available at
  49. 49. ExerLearning and FootGaming Be sure to learn more about FootGaming Copyright 2008 invenTEAM